Since 1976, Chattacon has been a Fan Convention held in January. This year, come and see some wonderful talent!
Darrell Osborn, better known as the manic Doctor with his Balloons of Doom, has been touring conventions for many years. Bringing smiles to both children and adults with his comedy routines, Doctor Osborn is a man of particular talent. An innocent face that beguiles his audience, they never truly know what to expect. One thing is certain, they will always leave with a smile on their face and a tale to tell!
His ‘mundane’ life is a mystery, though we do know that he has done some marvelous book covers! See his work at Kerlak Publishing, on his wife’s (Stephanie Osborn) novels, and also on the November Issue of Imagyro Magazine!
Allan. Gilbreath is a nationally recognized author, publisher, speaker, and training instructor in subjects such as writing, programming, database design, web trend analysis, eCommerce activities, IT Project+, HIPAA, and utilization of the Internet. He has appeared on television, radio, web cast, and has toured the country in live appearances. Mr. Gilbreath is one of the originators of the Infotainment style of teaching/training.
In October 1998, he was the featured author on the television show “Meet the Author”. Mr. Gilbreath was also featured in October 2004 on the literary radio show “Curious Minds” by Jana Oliver. In 2006, Mr. Gilbreath appeared on stage as Mr. Smith in Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano. He is the author of Galen, Dark Chances, Short Story Collection, and co-wrote HIPAA. (Kerlak Publishing)
Stephanie Osborn is a former payload flight controller, a veteran of over twenty years of working in the civilian space program, as well as various military space defense programs. Stephanie holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in four sciences: Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, and she is “fluent” in several more, including Geology and Anatomy. She obtained her various degrees from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
She has worked on numerous Space Shuttle flights and the International Space Station, and counts the training of astronauts on her resume. Of those astronauts she trained, one was Kalpana Chawla, or “K.C.,” a member of the crew lost in the Columbia disaster. Stephanie is currently retired from space work. She now happily “passes it forward,” tutoring math and science to students in the Huntsville area, from elementary through college, while writing science fiction mysteries based on her knowledge, experience, and travels.
Her new novels Displaced Detective and At Speed are available from Twilight Times Books, Fictionwise, and other fine bookstores.
Michael Bielaczyc has been making art his whole life.
He has been selling and showing work since 1995, when he self published his own comic book. Going back to college at 25, he decided that art was going to be his main focus in life.
In 2001, he started an art company, Aradani Studios, with his brother Paul. Together they have shown and worked in shows across America selling both their artwork and costuming. While Michael has worked for such popular role-playing franchises as Dragonlance and Castlemourn, his real passion is for his personal work. He works in mediums from oil paint to latex prosthetics, video to graphite. You can see his work at http://www.michaelbielaczyc.com .
True myth has slowly been destroyed by modern culture. We have found light in the darkness, and with it shut the door to true belief in the unbelievable.We are left only with personal mythologies, views which can only really be understood by our solitary self.
I feel my only option is to share my myths and hope it sparks a little bit of belief in something beyond ourselves.
Back in 2002, Paul Bielaczyc would never have imagined that this is where he would be today: making art, traveling across the country, co-owning a business, and working with his brother and sister. It has been quite a journey, with plenty of stories, and if you ever meet Paul at a show, you will most likely hear many of them.
Paul’s story as an artist began with an invitation from his brother, Michael Bielaczyc, to join him working the Tennessee Renaissance Festival in 2002. Paul was in college at the time, and about to start graduate school for Computer Science. His brother wanted him to work the Ren Faire during the summer, have some fun, and make a little money. By the time Paul graduated with his Master’s degree, Aradani Studios was in need of a second full time employee. He decided to put his education on hold and join his brother working for a time.
So in 2004, Paul Bielaczyc started full time as a professional artist and costume maker. In that time, Paul has worked for various independent projects and also some well known settings, Dragonlance and White Wolf to name a few. He has had the great opportunity to do the cover illustration for Apex Digest, illustrating a Kevin J. Anderson story. While having worked for other companies, Paul finds the most rewarding experience to work on his own projects, or on commisions for individuals. To date some of his earliest works have remained his most popular, Yin Lang and Nightmare, both finished in December of 2004. The latter won a Chesley Award in 2006 for Best Monochrome Unpublished.